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Once I got the software installed and working on all three devices, I started to create some rules to turn the device on and off at specific times. The WeMo application for Android devices is designed to look very similar to the iPhone WeMo app. The composite image below shows the landing page for iOS (left) and Android (right). In this image, the device is shown in the "Off" state on the iPad and is in "Standby" mode in the Android version. The yellow dot next to the power button on the right indicates Standby. If the indicator was green, the device would be in the On mode.

The landing screen shows configured WeMo devices - you can have up to 16 according to Belkin. The power switch on the right lets you toggle the device on or off from within the software. If you click on the green down arrow adjacent to the Insight icon, a drop down screen shows details on power consumption.

Insight Landing Page for the iOS (left) and Android (right) WeMo App

Insight Landing Page for the iOS (left) and Android (right) WeMo App

Across the bottom of the screen, you can select the Devices screen, the Rules screen, and on the iOS version "More". On the Android version, you need to click on the "three dot" menu icon located above the power switch to access additional features.

You use the Rules screen to create rules to turn the device on or off, or set a range that allows you to specify both on and off time in a single rule. Your time choices also include Sunrise or Sunset.

I created rules on both the Nexus 7 as well as on the iPad. Rule setup, shown in the gallery below, is similar on both platforms. I believe that the rules are supposed to synchronize between devices controlling the same WeMo device, but in my testing rules created on Android did not sync with the iPad and vice-versa.

The gallery below shows other configuration options.

Tracking Power Consumption

Most likely, there are two reasons you bought the WeMo Insight. First, you may want to measure power consumption and estimate how much a device is costing you for power. The WeMo Insight tracks "On" time and power flowing through the device. A configurable option allows you to set both the currency and the rate that the device uses to make its estimates.

By default, the currency is US$, and it defaults to US $0.111/kWh. It tracks both daily "On" time, and updates the average daily "on" time. One of the options allows you to export and email the actual usage for the previous 45 days. You can also automatically export the data daily, weekly or monthly. The file is formatted in CSV format which you can import directly into Excel.

The Insight goes into standby mode if the current drawn by device plugged in drops below the configured threshold. In standby mode, the load power socket is still energized and the device shows as being on. However, the device will stop aggregating "on time" for the day, and time spent in standby won't be calculated into estimated energy cost.

The Insight might drop into standby mode if, for example, you had a TV plugged into it and you turned it off. The switch would still provide power, but if the power consumption of the TV dropped below the standby threshold (default is 8 W), it would go into standby.

I discovered standby mode because initially I had plugged in a desk lamp with an LED light bulb. The bulb, according to Insight, draws only 7 watts - not enough to ever cause the device to come into the "on" mode. I lowered the threshold to 3 W using the device Edit page so that the Insight would aggregate power usage and would show its status "on" rather than standby. In the image below, the device has been on for 4 minutes, but has been in standby since 12:36 - about a minute if you compare it to the iPad's time at the top of the screen.

Belkin WeMo Insight Standby

Belkin WeMo Insight Standby

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